Guided Cycling Tour of York

Guided Cycling Tour of York

From $33.44 per person

This tour will take you off the beaten track to fascinating places you won’t see on a typical bus or walking tour. Traveling on cycle paths and designated lanes at a leisurely pace, you'll discover factual and good-humored facts about the history of York

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Learn about the history with a good humoured look at the fascinating and often grisly past of York
  • Cycle along river paths, parks and quiet back streets of the city with frequent stops
  • Cycle to places that walking and bus tours don't take you at speeds of 1,000 years an hour
Full description
Explore the ancient city of York on a thoroughly modern bike with an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. This tour will take you off the beaten track to fascinating historic places you won’t see on a typical bus or walking tour. You will travel at a safe and leisurely pace, staying on cycle paths and designated lanes for most of the ride. York has always been a magnet for visitors. There were the Romans, of course, who first settled in the area in AD 71. In the 9th century, the Vikings dropped in for an eventful 200-year stay. The year 1068 saw the arrival of the besieging forces of William the Conqueror, and in the 17th century, York was a hotspot in the English Civil War.   Although today’s residents much more fun to be around, those of the past have all left their marks and their stories. Although factual, the cycle tours are designed as a good-humored look at the fascinating and often grisly past of York. The tours take about 2 hours, and our average traveling speed is 900 years an hour.
  • Guided 2 to 2.5 hours bike tour
  • Bike (with bell and mudguards)
  • Helmet
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 12 years
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    (Rear of) The Gillygate Pub, 48 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ. There is a pathway to the right of the pub that leads to the patio area. Your guide and bike(s) will be waiting for you back there.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Know before you go

    • Am I required to wear a helmet? No, but for safety’s sake, we strongly recommend it. A range of adjustable helmets available, or feel free to bring your own.
    • Is the tour suitable for children? The minimum age for riders is 12 years, and 12 to 16-year-olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Sorry, no exceptions. It is also recommended that ‘soon-to-be-mums' avoid the tour as a precautionary measure.
    • What do I need to bring? Comfortable riding clothes to match the weather, closed shoes are recommended.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 / 5

    based on 46 reviews

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    Absolutely loved this tour! It helped the weather was beautiful. I was 18 weeks pregnant at the time and felt very safe and looked after; the pace was steady, and it was great to see parts of York we wouldn't have otherwise seen. Thank you for a wonderful way to start the day :)

    June 2, 2021

    Highly recommend this cycling tour. The bikes were in really nice condition and we covered distances that you would never achieve on foot. I only ever ride a bike on holiday so not a seasoned bike rider and I found the tour set at a good comfortable pace and flat easy riding. Lots of information given at various stops about the buildings and history of York. Andy was an excellent guide. Absolutely the best way to see York.

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    August 26, 2020

    We spent a thoroughly enjoyable 3 hours with the lovely Cecil and 5 other tourists. Cecil was a very friendly and utterly delightful guide. He kept everyone together at a manageable pace and was very knowledgeable. We saw much more of York than we would have been able to in the same timescale on foot and felt very safe on the routes we were taken - the traffic wasn't an issue. The bikes had too many gears for me, so I found one that I felt comfortable with and stuck with it. The bikes were well maintained and my only criticism was that the saddle was a little hard - especially over the cobbles! The tour was one of the highlights of our trip and we missed being on the bikes the rest of our stay.

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    August 20, 2020

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